Meet Our Staff

Dr. Rocky Branch

Senior Pastor
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Dr. Rocky Branch and his wife Janice began serving at Spruce Pine First Baptist in September of 2014.  Rocky has a passion for serving the community.  He has founded the organization “Hope 4 Mitchell County” as a way to reach the young people in the community.  He spends time in the prisons, hospitals, rest homes, in people’s homes, as well as being a fixture of the community.  He is currently teaching a Sunday School class in addition to preaching on Sundays.  His desire for the congregation members is that they are all deeply seeded in God’s Word and are actively reaching those around them.  His door is always open for questions or comments.

Dawn Hughes

Minister of Music
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We welcome Dawn Hughes to our staff as our new Minister of Music. We are so glad to have her and look forward to all the talent she brings!

Janice Branch

Children's Department Director

Mrs. Branch has had many years of experience with teaching children’s Sunday School.
She works diligently to ensure that our children are rooted and grounded in the many facets of our faith.

With love, and a gentle hand she brings them down the path which they should go.

John Schortinghouse


Jeannie Harding